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When we get married, what will be my relationship to my fiance's brother-in-law?

Asked by bobbinhood (5894points) October 1st, 2010

That’s about it. I know that all of my fiance’s siblings will be my brothers- and sisters-in-law. But what will be my relationship to their spouses?

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Brian1946's avatar

According to http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/in+law?show=5&t=1285929143 , they’re also your in-laws.

E.g., a sister-in-law can be, “The wife of one’s spouse’s brother”.

whatthefluther's avatar

In-law by marriage, I would think.

See ya…..Gary/wtf

bobbinhood's avatar

Thanks, @Brian1946! I wouldn’t have thought to look up sister-in-law… Though it seems a bit strange to me that my sister-in-law and my brother-in-law can be married. It sounds too much like siblings marrying. I’m surprised we don’t have a different word.

Frenchfry's avatar

In-laws as well. I like all my in-laws, except for one. She is a bitch.

mickhock's avatar

@Frenchfry You never know who’s on Fluther .

Frenchfry's avatar

@mickhock Why are you her? (LOL) No, she is proud of it, and tell it to your face type girl.

Otto_King's avatar

I think your fiance’s brother in law, is your own brother. If that what you asked.

bobbinhood's avatar

@Otto_King Not so much. It’s true that if I had a brother, he would be my fiance’s brother-in-law. But I meant my fiance’s sister’s husband. Apparently he is brother-in-law to both of us. @Brian1946 cleared it up for me.

Brian1946's avatar

@bobbinhood

You’re welcome. :=)

Before I looked it up, I also thought “in-law” only referred to the biological family of one’s spouse and not the spouse’s in-laws.

“Though it seems a bit strange to me that my sister-in-law and my brother-in-law can be married. It sounds too much like siblings marrying. I’m surprised we don’t have a different word.”

I feel the same way.

If I were in that situation, I’d just refer to them as “my in-law’s wife/husband/so” anyway to avoid confusing myself. :-p

Otto_King's avatar

Point taken… ;)

perspicacious's avatar

They will be your brothers and sisters-in-law.

zensky's avatar

Depends on how nice he is.

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